2002-11-16 Sven Ottke w pts 12 Rudy Markussen, Frankenland Hall, Nuremburg, Germany - IBF
2002-11-16 Sven Ottke w pts 12 Rudy Markussen, Frankenland Hall, Nuremburg, Germany - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. Scorecards: 116-112, 116-112, 116-112. Although the unbeaten Markussen (166) made the early running, using his strength to push Ottke (167½) back, once the champion had got his left hand working by the fourth round there was only going to be one winner. Markussen had never been beyond eight rounds before and he continued to be picked off in the latter sessions by jabs and rights over the top as Ottke upped the pace. Giving it one last effort in the 11th, Markussen pressed for all he was worth before fading as Ottke coasted home for his 16th successful defence.